On Tricksters: Ananse and Kanchil

A trickster is just what a storymaker needs: a character who makes things happen. – “Author’s Note”, Ananse’s Feast: An Ashanti Tale, retold by Tololwa M. Mollel and illustrated by Andrew Glass. The line separating folklore and fairytales is blurry at best, with most people understanding fairytales as a kind of “subgenre” …

ANNOUNCING: Chocolate Lily 2014 Short List!

Hello dear readers! We have a special announcement today: We are pleased to announce the list of nominees for the 2014 BC Chocolate Lily Young Reader’s Choice Book Award: Picture Books Gift Days  (Author: Kari-Lynn Winters, Illustrator: Stephen Taylor  Fitzhenry& Whiteside) What’s Up, Bear?  (Author: Frieda Wishinsky, Illustrator: Sean L. Moore Owlkids …

The Fox’s Window and Other Stories – Naoko Awa (author), Toshiya Kamei (Translator): A Review

Paperback, 227 pages Published June 16th 2010 by Uno Press Source: Personal Copy Naoko Awa’s collection of stories, translated by Toshiya Kamei, gives a glimpse of the tales Japanese children grow up hearing and reading. In his introduction to the collection, Kamei talks about his own childhood and how Awa’s …

Interview with Merrie Haskell

Merrie Haskell is the author of The Princess Curse (2011), Handbook for Dragon Slayers (2013), and the soon-to-be-published The Castle Behind Thorns. She has also written several short stories. The protagonist of The Princess Curse is thirteen-year old Reveka, an herbalist’s apprentice. Reveka’s soldier father, convinced that she is an …